Drive stepped up to find adoptive parents in Bolton
6:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Bolton
DROP-in sessions for people hoping to find out more about adoption are being held in Bolton.
To mark National Adoption Week, the sessions are being held from Monday to Friday at the Castle Hill Centre, Castleton Street, Tonge Moor.
There will also be an open evening at the Castle Hill Centre on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm.
Cllr Madeline Murray, cabinet member for looked-after children and early years said: “Applications for adoption are welcomed from all sectors of the community and there are very few restrictions on who can adopt.
“In Bolton, we have adopters from all backgrounds, of different faiths or religions, married, single, gay and straight.”
Anyone interested in adoption can attend the sessions and have an informal chat with experienced social workers who will be happy to offer advice and information, or talk to you about the next step towards becoming an adoptive parent.
There are a number of children in the region who for many reasons can no longer live with their birth parents and need to find loving, secure families.
These include babies, older children, sibling groups, children with disabilities, and children from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Bolton has among the highest adoption rates in the country, with 28 per cent of children — the same as last year — placed with new permanent families last year, which is double the national average of just 14 per cent and higher than the North West average of 16 per cent.
This means there were 45 children adopted this year, which was a slight drop on the 50 children in 2012. The Adoption Team in Bolton is committed to providing support to prospective adopters via regular support groups, training or working with individual families.
Anyone interested in finding out more should contact: Bolton Council’s Adoption Team on 01204 337480 or visit bolton.gov.uk/adoption for more information.
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